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County would use money from outlet mall for preservation on NW side

The county wants to expand the river walk along the Santa Cruz from Twin Peaks to Avra Valley. The county wants to expand the river walk along the Santa Cruz from Twin Peaks to Avra Valley.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Another outlet mall could be on the way to the Tucson area after the Pima County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for the project on the northwest side.

Developers from AWE Talisman say this is in the early stages, but the mall would be near Avra Valley Road and Interstate 10.

If the mall is built, it will serve two purposes: economic and for preservation.

The area lies between I-10 and the Santa Cruz River, a 100-acre strip that the county has been trying to preserve for years.

Now the county feels this gives it a workable plan.

A mall developer has been working with the county for about a year on the proposal to build the outlet mall and they have come to an agreement: The developer gets the mall and the county gets its preservation.

"We approved a development agreement with these folks that's going to provide for a 2 percent tax added on all the stores that operate there," Supervisor Richard Elias said. "That money is going to be collected over a 30-year period. 20 years of it will be shared by ourselves and the developers to pay for the improvements that need to go into the area."

The money generated could be as high as $89 million.

AWE Talisman, which has malls in Las Vegas, Chicago and Santa Fe, says it's too early to say it will be built. There are many hurdles to overcome.

The county, however, is planning to use the money to expand the river walk along the Santa Cruz from Twin Peaks to Avra Valley.

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